Communities

Hazelwood – a community in Waynesville

Until 1995, Hazelwood had its own main street, and was its own little mountain town.  However, due to financial problems, it dissolved and became part of Waynesville. Hazelwood Village as it is now referred, never lost that little town feel. Although… there have been a few changes. The grocery store is now a specialty gift and cloth shop, called Vertigo.  When you visit, take time to look at the architecture, especially the original upper windows.  The owners still remember where the produce was kept and where you could find the milk. The old Hazelwood Elementary school is now the home […]

Jonathan Creek, a community in Haywood County

Jonathan Creek, a community in Haywood County

One of many picturesque areas in Haywood County, NC.  Jonathan Creek is sometimes referred to as J-Creek and it is a community near Waynesville, NC.  This area hosts the Appalachian Amusement Center Vertical Wind Tunnel, The Lily Patch, The Swag and more.  This area was at one time referred to as the community of Dellwood.  Some of the local folks refer to this area as the gateway into Maggie Valley, NC. If you are traveling from Maggie Valley or Waynesville to visit Cataloochee Valley, this is your route. Take 276 North and follow that road to Cove Creek Road on […]

Bethel Community in Haywood County NC

Bethel Community in Haywood County NC

Back in the day, the Francis Grist Mill was the place to come for community gossip and news on the area.¬† Today, in Bethel, the place to be is the Bethel Grocery.¬† It is here that you might find L.D. Griffin signing a copy of his book “Cold Mountain Hunter”.¬† Or buy some of the greatest home grown corn you’ll find anywhere. Bethel is a farming community, and most of the local folk want to keep it that way.¬† It is here that you will find fields of tomatoes, peppers, and other crops.¬† The Blue Ridge Parkway lines its southern […]

Canton North Carolina – Where the Mountains Kiss the Sky

Canton North Carolina – Where the Mountains Kiss the Sky

Canton, once in Cherokee Indian Territory, is home to its own kind of revival – a downtown revitalization and an ongoing effort to preserve its history. Hand painted murals throughout the town depict the history of the county. The Canton Historical Museum tells the story of political, environmental and war history in a small but fascinating exhibit space, and just across the street is the newly restored Colonial Theatre, hosting concerts, readings and plays on a grand vintage stage. Canton was founded in 1889 as Buford. The name was changed to Pigeon Ford in 1891. In 1893 the name was […]

Waynesville, North Carolina

Waynesville, North Carolina

Waynesville is a unique town that includes an eclectic and spirited downtown lined with unique shops, art galleries, working studios and reinvented historic spaces, as well as rich local tradition and history. Waynesville is at the heart of an arts culture that’s thriving in Haywood County, a community that has been a part of Waynesville’s history since the 19th century. A walk along Main Street encompasses it all, from traditional to contemporary. Gourmet coffee shops, bakeries and light, airy galleries.¬† Here, you’ll see brick sidewalks adorned with flowers and benches, cozy restaurants and an abundance of meandering window-shoppers.¬† Most of […]

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